Pig Butchering Scam(Romance Scam): What is a Pig Butchering Scam? What should you do if you’ve been scammed?



What is Pig Butchering Scam?

Pig butchering scams are a cousin of older-style online romance scams, which often have smaller-scale losses. While pig butchering sometimes uses romance as a tactic, scammers can also build other types of personal or professional relationships over time in order to convince their targets to invest more money.

Pig Butchering Scam can also be described as a romantic scam. Scammers use false online identities to gain the affection and trust of their victims and then use the illusion of intimacy to ask for money, induce victims to invest or use their personal information for other theft and fraud schemes.

Scammers are found on most dating and social media sites. They will spend weeks communicating with you every day, acting like your best friend.

Then at some point they will start talking about how they have made lots of money trading forex or cryptocurrencies and state that they have people who guide them. The scammers usually also have demo accounts where they will send you fake trading data, screenshots of their earnings to make you think they are really making big money. Then they will ask you to open an account, make a deposit and make money with them.

When you want to withdraw your money, the initial small withdrawal may be smooth; but once you apply for a large withdrawal, it will be difficult. Scammers will hinder your withdrawal in various ways, such as asking you to prepay a certain percentage of taxes, deposits, anti-money laundering fees, etc. This is all part of the scam. When they have scammed you out of your money, they will disappear. The whole scam process is scripted, which is Pig Butchering Scam. And the scammers are usually hard to verify because of their hidden movements.

How to avoid Pig Butchering Scam?

1️⃣ Do not send money to anyone you have contacted only through the Internet or by phone.

2️⃣ Be careful of the personal information you post online. Scammers are likely to get to know and target you better through the details you make public on social media and dating sites.

3️⃣ Be wary of any investment opportunity that promises high returns with little risk. These are likely scams. “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is”.

Scammed? What to do!

1️⃣ Collect evidence by taking screen shots of all trades, messages and communications, money transfer addresses, their websites, etc.

2️⃣ If you used a bank card to make a payment to a scammer, contact your bank immediately. Tell them that you used this card to make a payment to the scammer and ask if they can refund your money trough a Chargeback process.

3️⃣ You can report the company/person who scammed you by contacting us. We will make a review and expose the crooks. May warn potential victims.

⚠️ Reminder: If you deposited your funds on a platform and they ask you to pay a “fee” or “tax” in order to withdraw your funds do not pay anything! It’s a trick to steal more funds from you.

71 thoughts on “Pig Butchering Scam(Romance Scam): What is a Pig Butchering Scam? What should you do if you’ve been scammed?”

  1. So I did in fact get scammed. Thank you for this info on what I need to do hoping to get my money back an recover what I can before Christmas.

  2. Yes i can relate and they are really smart ! The websites look real and they bait u in doing small trades making crazy money then say you caint trade unless you have a minimun of $100k caint you borrow that?? Have yall hesrd of ISE crypto digital trading platform? Suppoedly stands for International Secutities Exchange a division of NASDAQ claims the scsmmers. They took me for $67,000 whrn i tried to take it out they claimed i hsdnt traded enough yet. Id like to catch these crooks sndvput them behind bars ! Ive been documenting everything i can. Any help out there?

      1. Heya, I need help determining if I am scammed or not
        I use m.bitmartuk
        Could use some assistance
        Reviews give varying info

    1. I feel your pain bro.there slick would have got me for five thousand dollars more if I had it.RARIBLE. straight scam.stay away.

    2. For scamming of that much amount why possibly you cannot report the incident to FBI with all the evidence? Even reporting to FBI no solution would be found? How possible is that?

      1. World.raisemoney.vip vorsichtig vor der Seite und dem asiatischen Mädchen lin. Sie ist bei Facebook vertreten und lockt dann über WhatsApp auf die Seite. Auszahlungen werden verweigert und es wird gedroht.

    3. Don’t feel alone, I’m out $100,000.00, currently working with the FBI, US Secret service along with the Memphis Police Department economic crimes division.

      1. John:
        Can you give me the name of the FBI handling your case? I have been scammed too. Any hope you can recover your money?
        Thank you,

      2. I would love to work with the FBI and person you are working with to retrieve my money. Can you share this information with me?

      3. Hi John,

        I recently had a scammer get me for more than $100k. Obviously, I feel like a total dumbass and should have known better but I can’t do anything about that now. I filed a report with the FBI IC3 website and with my local police department. It’s been almost 10 days without response from either! Can I ask you specifically how you got the ball rolling working with the FBI to get your scammer and perhaps your money back from their operation?

  3. Buongiorno
    Con la presente ti contatto per chiedere aiuto a un truffatore che mi consenta di affrontare i miei grandi errori più di due volte.
    Al momento: ho bisogno del vostro aiuto e vi invio i documenti ricevuti per i versamenti.
    Di fronte a questa situazione, non ho altra scelta che cercare la tua gentilezza per ottenere un aiuto truffa che mi impedirà di cadere nel cerchio.
    In attesa della vostra risposta e rimanendo a vostra disposizione per qualsiasi richiesta di ulteriori informazioni, vi prego di accettare, (Signora, Signore) (Indexvolver e de Dux holding group limeted), l’espressione con i miei migliori sentimenti.

  4. The MetaTrader 5 App is a fake app used by serial scammers to pig-butcher you. If a broker or someone on-line asks you to invest in cryptocurrency using this fake app, run the other way immediately and report them to the FBI and authorities. This is an intricate scam to steal your money!

  5. Big losses here. So stupid!!!!!!Swapped out my entire retirement account to do this. Perfect presentation. Fell for it hook,line and sinker

    1. Coinsbitc just did this to me. Exactly! Anti money laundering fees. Demanded 10,000 to get my
      20,000 out. Yes the small deposits went and the big one didn’t. Same fake account with money in it. Is there any hope of getting it back?

  6. i got scammed by (GLOBITFX :LAURA HANDEL.
    i paid 800 euro and stil i have nothing from them and stil they ask me to send more fees.

  7. I don’t like scammers. Recline Hong Kong took $7.00 from my account and I want it back, because I did not order anything from you.

  8. Exactly. What ever written the same happened to him.
    At sudden I got a whatsapp message from an unknown numbers then she introduced herself as Shirley Chen Xueli (+85253075071, +85259447307). Then she started her story that she is from China residing in Hongkong and how she lost her job, money and relatives in pandemic. And now she is stable and making much more money then before through coin trading. She has a mentor named Mika who is helping her. Then she shared the screenshots with me as well as her pictures. Then she started to convince me for coin trading.
    I was hesitant to do so but at last, after almost a month I started because of her repeated request on daily basis. I have invested 10,000 USDT on her website and one day I found that the website is closed.

        1. Здравствуйте!
          Меня обманули брокера Kragex
          И Tradeactivia

  9. What about lioncoin.buzz? Its out of Singapore. They have me in for 10k. I made a profit, but can’t withdraw the money. I am sure its a scam too. I am so mad.

  10. Mi hanno contattato su WhatsApp dicendomi che possono trasferire con effetto immediato sul mio conto bancario, di cui mi chiedono le coordinate,
    la strabiliante somma di 98,5 milioni di $.
    mi dicono che è tutto gratuito , non ci sono nè tasse nè commissioni e che se voglio invece in tutto o in parte contanti debbo pagare.
    Non posso credere alle favole e non ho fatto nulla.
    Mi hanno detto che tutto quello che c’è da pagare sono 10€ per carta ATM.
    Naturalmente non ho pagato perchè penso sia una truffa e le coordinate Bancarie me le sono tenute

  11. Libre Holdings Ltd is a sham fraudulent phony “trading” platform. Updates of investigation of Libre Holdings Ltd – Allegation confirmed by UK Gov! On April 25, 2023, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of UK responded, OFFICIALLY, to my request to investigate Libre Holdings Ltd after submitting a preliminary investigation report. The website and emails no longer exist.

    A complete Fraudulent phone Trading Platform! DO NOT Do anything with them!
    Unfortunately, I did not do my reseach thoroughly.

  12. I got scammed by Qin Hao, a chinese i met on instagram. His instagram handle is magicinvoice2. Same story as above. Wooed me and made me believe he was sincere. He told he he graduated masters in Cornell University in NYC major in Finance. He made me invest in crypto using this Apenft.ai. He would teach me how to invest by doing a screenshot to guide me every step. Since i created my own account and was managing my own account, i didnt think he was scamming me. Even offered to add in my account to make the principal higher for higher profit. All in all i invested about $ 20,000. He transferred $10,000 in my account saying he wanted to build something with me for our future. When we did contract trading using seconds futures, yhe total amount in my account was about $300,000 then asked me to withdraw all the funds. When i asked the “customer agent” to withdraw, i got an email that i needed to pay a processing fee of $21,000. At first i was determined to pay the processing fee to get my money, but it was a good thing my brother researched about the website and found negative reviews which prompted me to research more about the site. True enough i saw thatvit was a scam. A painful lesson indeed. Its a good thing i no longer paid the processing fee otherwise i would have been in great debt.

    Please create awareness of this modus.to prevent other people of being scammed.

    1. I just scammed he guided me how to trade step by step through screenshots in WhatsApp. We met on Tinder. First he will try to earn your trust sending you messages everyday. And then he will mention his side business Crypto. He will first ask you to invest small amount and earn a little and once that’s established he will ask you to invest more and when you invested huge amount he will offer additional funds to your account. You will earn but they will ask you to add more funds to withdraw the money. The website is Cointoken.live

  13. Most of these cryptos platform are not reliable. It is difficult to really get in touch with one that really does what they say.

  14. I’ve been invited two different what’s app group I. To crypto trading in May 23, one of them claims they’re part of Blackstone Group, call theirselves Joseph Baratta and Erin Helen and they’re using bdswissasias.com platform, other one is Raymond Christie and Janice, they’re not using their app you can choose your own but their signals only on certain app call BIT exchange, after 2 months I tried to withdraw some of my investment that’s when they locked my account and asked me to pay taxes, unfortunately I sent what they asked for taxes and of course there is no change, if they can trade daily with their knowledge and make millions of dollars in couple minutes why do they have to steal I don’t understand, shame on them, I am regretting I didn’t see the scam signals before, what is this world came up to, thieves are all around and no one can stop them.

  15. TokPIeDEX
    made a few trades, racked up large gains and was required to pay upgrade fees and taxes with new money separate from gains in account to make any withdrawals. More than enough funds in account to pay fees and taxes but not allowed to withdraw any to pay fees and taxes nor not allowed to use any funds in account to pay fees and taxes.

  16. Same thing happened to me. Wooed by someone who said he wanted to marry me and have a future with me. He found me on Instagram and he goes by the name Mindray Ding. He says he owns an architectural/interior design company in Hong Kong, and that he lost everything during the pandemic which is also when he claims to be the time his younger sister died. He got me with his sob story and as compassionate as I am, I fell for it. I started trading cryptocurrency with his help on Mvxnft.com and made huge profits. But when I decided to withdraw the funds, a restriction was placed and required me to deposit 40,000 USDT (15% of the total funds on the exchange), just to gain access to my account balance for withdrawal. I refuse to put in more money just to get access to money that’s rightfully mine. Be warned of the scam exchange MultiversX using the website mvxnft.com to use as the app. Do not fall for their trap. What a hard lesson to learn and a lot of money lost for something that’s too good to be true. Always listen to your guts when you start to notice red flags. Unfortunately, for me, it was too late and I wasted a lot of money.

  17. Same thing happens to me. He message me through LinkedIn and encourage me to trade through bchaintop.com. His name in Linkedin is Charlie L. I ended up investing up to more than $25k and he added more money into my account so I can get more profits when we trade. I was able to withdraw some funds from the very beginning without any issues. But then he encouraged me and pushed me to apply a subscription thing as a new member and that’s where the issue started. I could not withdraw my funds until the $100k subscription is completed and due to the fact that they already added the 30% bonus into my account, it cant be cancelled and they won’t even offer penalties. He gave me assurance that he will help me complete the subscription and he did help some including the balance, but towards the deadline, he came up with some kind of reason that he only have this much to transfer at the moment because his friend did not pay him back and that I have to come up with the remaining $20k. I was angry and said something hurtful and he didn’t like it, our communication went south and fell, and he blocked me from WhatsApp and disappear. I didn’t want to add more funds anymore coz I have a feeling that they will come up with another alibi to get more funds from me. Right now, the total funds is about $160k including his, mine, gains, and the bonus. So beware of this people trying to be close to you and be friends and trying to have a relationship with you. Again, the blockchain trading platform is bchaintop.com.

    1. I got the same scenario and the same trading platform, Bchaintop.com. It was also from LinkedIn, account names Ian L. Same thing about subscription, same thing about he promised he will help but then end up that he couldn’t. I was able to withdraw a small amount so I didn’t think it was a scam but I can’t withdraw anything after that and they keep asking for the tax and fee so I am sure that it is a scam.

  18. These scammers won’t stop at anything. Watch out for them on Instagram. Do not talk to anyone on the internet who approaches you with an investment opportunity that is too good to be true.
    Mvxnft.com (MultiversX) is a scam platform. You can find one of the scammers on Instagram, his handle is xadjpgxi (BMindray). Do not accept any messages from this scammer, he will also blackmail you, gaslight you, and make you feel guilty about everything. They always appear attractive and are very friendly, they only want your money not friendship not trust. They will stop at nothing until they’ve gotten all that they can. Always watch out for red flags.

  19. i think ive been scammed too. i met this guy on instagram. i was foolished enough to be caught in this trap. it started as friendly conversations then become romantic and then it became coercive. he even gave money to my account. he made me do lians and promised that we will pay it back in 1-2 mos. he even forced me to withdraw my 401k but i told him its very hard . so when i try to withdraw from che excailpro they asked me 30k upfront fees before i can withdraw. i withdrawn from my 401k before and they always take the taxes out . and i tried to tell the chat live of that website and they didnt respond anymore. and this guy was intimidating me that IRS will come so i told him that j will call IRS before they come. i feel that if i pay the upfront fees, i wont even get any miney withdrawn too. Need help how to go about this.

  20. I was just recently scammed out of $32000. Romance scam. Now they want me to pay taxes on the total income and not just my withdrawal. Hard lesson learned. Beautiful younger girl named Natalie Victoria from Minsk Belarus. Has all the pictures and son stories. I fell for it.
    Don’t invest in the paribu exchange.

    1. Kris, I too have been contacted by Natalie from Minsk who is now in L.A. CA. Invested $500 in the STEX paribu.com had great returns from nodes so I borrowed from exchange 100000 made 50% on a node but exchange now telling me loan must be repaid from other funds to free up the exchange funds. Please email me and I will exchange pics of Natalie and maybe get the FBI to find them.

      1. Natalya is friends with Miyuki from Japan who also lives in LA Cali. Miyuki started me in the latokenex platform which changed to latokenex-coin and deactivated my login access after deposting thousands and using the exchange Nodes multiplied by thousands and now I can’t even login.

  21. John:
    Can you give me the name of the FBI handling your case? I have been scammed too. Any hope you can recover your money? I got scammed by a beautiful young lady named Lena Korhonen. She directed me to a trading platform named Fair Markets, claiming to be licensed by the Mauritius Financial Regulators. They claim they are based in Australia and owned by a Deutsch company call Trive, N.V.
    Thank you,

  22. Has anyone else been scammed by tcehk.vip? I met a lady named Zoey Ito on on Telegram, she did the same, we talked for 2 weeks until she drew me in with seductive words and promises of a life together, and if we wanted a happy future I need to secure that future by investing in this website. I did and have increased the funds here to just under $5000.00
    When I lost my job and needed to withdraw funds to pay bills, her or the website which I contacted on Telegram, will not help me withdraw my funds. I am still conversing with “Zoey” on Telegram because I do not want her to know I am investigating her and this “investment company”.
    I will gladly help anyone here log in to my account on tcehk or my Telegram to help me resolve this and recoup my money.
    I really need that money while I am unemployed. Thank you.

    1. Hello Walter, I think I know who you are talking about. Zoey from SanFrancisco right. She has her own finance company and she also designs jewelry.
      She owns 4 homes and has a Rolls Royce, a ferrari, a Mercedes Benz and Porsche. She trades gold contracts on Tcehk. Are we talking about the same person?

    2. What is your telegram as well? I’m also still in touch with her. I’ve reported tcehk to ICE3. and I’m currently talking to an FBI agent about my funds on tcehk. I have not mentioned Zoey to him yet. Let’s catch this woman!

  23. I’ve been scammed since Aug 2023 from a guy in HK who I met on IG. He used mvxnft. net and opened another fake exchange – fpg.com. Total loss is about USD 25K.

  24. This is happening to me right now. Was told that after a month of talking to this lady that she wanted me to be rich as well. That I could follow her and make money. I did not want to risk much so only did 1k . She said that was to little and place 5 k into my account under meta trader 5 with broker tfi markets. I looked at tfi markets and that is real. But the website was tfisfx.com/en. That I did not catch. I made money and took out some even. So far so good. Then she pushed for me to put in more borrow from friends , thank God I did not borrow from friends. I got a 10k personal loan at a high interest rate. Thinking ok not risking much and already got money from this. Made more money following her when to trade and sell. Took out 500 dollars. All still good. She again this could stop anytime and to place more. So I took 11k from my 401k . Again made money all was good for a month. Then time to make more need more. I was getting money and feeling good about her. So I took 14 k out as a personal loan from my 401k. After a month and a half was making good gains. 8k a week or so. I wanted to start pulling out money to repay my loans. That is when it fell apart. I tried to take 1600 out. I was told this after contacting customer service.
    Hello, it has been confirmed that there is an abnormality in your account. It
    is suspected of following orders. Your account is consistent with ID100720
    ID104580, ID101023, ID100425, account transaction time, transaction
    amount, and transaction direction. It is suspected of using funds to buy an
    sell for oneself to maliciously manipulate the market. The market increase
    reached the goal of illegal profit, so the account was restricted from
    withdrawing funds. (First warning! Your account will be frozen and the
    penalty will be: 26318usdt fine! Please be sure to pay the fine within 10
    working days, otherwise your account will be permanently frozen!) Since
    the withdrawal function of your account is restricted, you cannot withdraw
    money from your account. Your account will be debited directly, requiring
    you to pay this additional penalty. …. oh if not paid on time they will fine you 1% of the account per day. 🙄 when. I told my lady this she said she had paid 100k in this fine and it was ok after that. I asked her for help and she said sorry I don’t have that much money available right now. After showing me millions in receipts earlier . She says she lives near me only 200 miles away . But is to busy to meet, yet saying she loves me even now.

    1. Hi Eric, I had essentially the same scam ran on me but with a different website Xmeta.bar within the Coinbase app. Everything she showed me looked legit and early on I could make withdrawals for $500 or $1,000 here and there but I left the big amount in to appreciate. I took out two massive personal loans I shouldn’t have even been approved for, but somehow was and now these banks are about to come down on me like an avalanche forcing me into bankruptcy. Have you been able to make any head way with the FBI or authorities. Did you even take your case to them or are you eating the loss? I am trying to find out anything I can do next short of going to a bankruptcy lawyer!

    2. Hello Eric, my name is Evan. Is the woman you are talking about Zoey Ito?
      I’m involved with her as well. The promise of big profits trading gold contracts. She says she lives in Sanfrancisco, is that where you live too? Are you still talking to her. I had 50k in tcehk, the platform she reccomended.
      I can’t withdraw it. Impossible! Please teach out to me. She’s obviously a scammer.
      It seems that Walter Gayle has been scammed by Zoey too.

  25. I feel all of your pains. I was scammed for $300k USD. Gold trades. Do not fall for it! UPBIT, wanna be sites. Best!

  26. Anyone lose anything with upbiitl? I havnt YET but suspect a loss is imminent. upbiitl.com: any comments from anyone? Thanks!

  27. I almost fell completely but still lost 600USD, Wendy Zhang was so insistent that I take a loan or withdraw money from my 401k, which I was hesitant to do but she seemed so nice and sent beautiful photo of her.??? I was able to withdraw a couple of hundreds but they kept my 600 and could not withdraw anymore.

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